Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Being a People Pleaser

Today is one of those days. Blogging days.

You know I've been thinking a lot lately, about what it really means to live for God without any restraints, without fear, without hesitation...

I think one thing that can get in the way of truly following God, is trying to please people. I know I'm guilty of this. We get so caught up in what people think of us, or how we will look, that we fail to ask the deeper question: what is God asking me to do? 

If God calls me to it, will he not see me through it?

If I look at the life of Jesus, he was ALWAYS doing things that would make him appear less holy to the religious leaders. He went eating and drinking with sinners, he showed compassion to women who were prostitutes, he "worked" or healed people on the Sabbath. One thing I really love about Jesus, is that he was true to the Heart of God. It is one thing to know the law of God, and another to know the heart. In order to function effectively in this life, we need to understand both. Jesus was the most righteous man to walk this earth, and in technical terms, the ONLY righteous man who ever lived, yet for those who could not see past their own self-righteousness, Jesus was a rebel and a contradiction.

"He who is without sin, cast the first stone" ~ Jesus
The older I get, the more I realize how that in order to really reflect Christ, it is not going to be a comfortable road. Speaking out of my own experience, when you are busy for God, and busy in the Kingdom, Satan is going to try with all his might to knock you down. My experience is that the more I am on fire, the greater the trials come. When I take risks, when I stand up for truth even when it is not popular, and face the judgement of others, those are the moments where I am actually taking up my cross and living as my Saviour lived. Believe me, if you never want to face any criticism, do nothing at all. It's that simple. If you never want to ruffle a feather, or hurt or offend anyone, sit at home in your room, lock your door, and count the hours that go by.

Living for God is not easy, nor is it safe, but it is so rewarding. I cannot express to you what happens when you rid yourself from all the fears and pressures of men. When you are desperate for God, he shows up so clearly, so powerfully, and then you realize why you're actually living--- to worship and honour Him. God's ways are above our own. On the surface they don't always make sense, but they are sure.

Galatians 1:10
"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ"


I believe there are many Christians who shy away from the tasks, visions, passions, dreams that God has given them, simply because they are scared of what it requires, and what people will think of them. Some Christians are crippled with the fear of failure. They think, "What if I fall flat on my face? I don't think I have what it takes!" Well, they are right. We don't have what it takes. If we look to ourselves, our own strength, talent, capability, we will fail. But it's not about us ;) It never was. It's not about other people either. It's about God. It's about understanding the heart of God, and being so in tune with his Spirit that the rest of the world just fades. All the noise around you fades.
Dear friends who are reading this, thank you for taking the time. I am praying for you. I am praying that all of us will search our own hearts to see if we are being crippled by our pride, and self-righteousness, and failing to be the risk takers that Christ requires us to be. Jesus didn't live a safe life. In fact, in his efforts to live out the gospel, he was crucified. Why should our life be so simple?

 ~ Amy

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